What started with a social media post has become a movement, and now a podcast. On I Weigh, Jameela Jamil challenges society’s definition of worth through weight by asking different thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, I Weigh will amplify and empower diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection.
Dr. Jen Gunter
This week, we are thankful for vaginas, labias, and vulvas with author and gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter. She joins Jameela to answer questions about the history of misunderstanding vaginas, the do's and don'ts of feminine hygiene, how to handle pap smears, a gynecological view on both abortions and WAP, and Dr. Jen Gunter's book - The Vagina Bible.
Aubrey Gordon (@YrFatFriend)
The BMI, dealing with fatphobia in a doctor's office, and how to have good-faith conversations - all things author, podcaster, and activist Aubrey Gordon (aka @YrFatFriend) discusses with Jameela in this week's episode. They discuss how to talk to people with opposing ideas to yours, her background in grassroots activism, the racist history of the BMI, how medicine is prejudiced against fat people, why you shouldn't yell "encouraging things" at your fat friends as they exercise, and her new book: What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat, which is out now!
Author, journalist, and broadcaster Caitlin Moran joins Jameela this week to discuss how she became a writer, her knack for explaining feminism to young women in bars, how to become a "big ball of love" to a child with an eating disorder, the ways she failed and learned in her own daughter's eating disorder journey, how eating disorders can happen at any size, why superhero movies are really about motherhood, and her book More Than A Woman, which is out now.
Drag performer, writer, and filmmaker Amrou Al-Kadhi joins Jameela this week to discuss growing up between London and the Middle East, the progressive roots of Islam, coming out as "white" to their parents, using quantum physics to explain being non-binary, how their drag character represents a more free version of their mother, and their book - Life As A Unicorn: A Journey To Shame To Pride And Everything in Between.
This week, we answer listener questions on feeling sexy (or not sexy) during quarantine, how to manage mismatched libidos in a relationship, the first steps to understanding vaginismus, the journey of healing after sexual assault, and finding connection as an asexual person, with marriage and family therapist Shadeen Francis.
Afrosexology's worksheets bundle - https://www.afrosexology.com/shop/sexquisite-a-collection-of-afrosexologys-worksheets
Bex Caputo's worksheet - http://www.bextalkssex.com/yes-no-maybe/
Actor, host, and instagram icon Busy Philipps joins Jameela this week to talk about hollywood's fat-shaming culture, being the perfect movie best friend, Busy's magical intuition, why Busy chose to tell her abortion story, and why the fight for reproductive rights is so critical right now.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Yes. So needed. Great pod. Amazing. Relevant and helpful and awesome guests. Could you please list the websites and social media tags and links (when approp) of the guests in the show notes! That’d be extra helpful
THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING POD
Amazing amazing amazing! the revelation! The personality! Love love! I’m obsessed
Grateful and confused
I genuinely think Jameela is doing great work and I’m grateful for her public self reflection and vulnerability. I hope she continues to role model how to give ourselves permission to learn and unlearn as fast or slowly as we need. I also think she speaks to an AMAZING range of incredible people. With that said, as someone who is deeply concerned about, and recovering from diet culture and deep into learning about dismantling it, I’m disappointed that I get frustrated with the ways she still seems to miss the mark. I think it’s okay to say this because it’s different when talking about someone you know versus someone with a huge platform who talks about this stuff intentionally using that platform. Maybe I’m being too picky but it’s these things that make it hard for me to listen sometimes: examples: when interviewing Audrey (Yrfatfriend), she interjects to share about how she can relate and talks about her chubbiness in childhood; about how she loved her tummy and would intentionally show off her “food baby” or “stick it out”. The thing is, I wanted to hear about Audrey’s experience not about how their experiences are similar. Because they *are* different and that was Audrey’s point. Someone who can actually “stick their tummy out” or show a food baby is not the same as the kind of fatness that gets oppressed. Many people cannot choose when they want or don’t want to stick their bellies out and a “food baby” only really shows when your thin enough that eating will make a difference in the shape and size of your belly. This is just an example but instead of always relating it back to her moments of undoubtedly difficult but normal weight gain I wish we could just embrace the fat experience. Next, the ads. Why are they all wellness ads? And I don’t mean the kind of wellness that is counter to “wellness” and diet culture. She says she takes Ritual vitamins because they are *clean* (this is a harmfully ambiguous and notorious “wellness” culture term that falsely demonizes large groups of foods and harmful for those with orthorexia) also she says she takes them because she is lazy and isn’t always a nutritional expert. I know she’s being silly but its actually a “wellness” culture marketing technique (pulled from diet industry) to play on our vulnerability of not being nutritional experts to get us to spend money on expensive vitamins that we’re probably already getting from our food. They target those who can already afford to get their needs met through food but often don’t because elite wellness culture preaches restriction. No one should have to be a nutritional expert to eat and be well and that’s what is wrong with our culture. That’s the whole point against “wellness” culture. Lastly with the vitamins, you can take them on an empty stomach! Incase you don’t eat breakfast I guess? Again this is not meant to pick on Jameela, I am in full support of her but I couldn’t help but notice the bad feeling I get again and again when I hear these things. I know there must be others in recovery who feel the same.